POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist women’s soccer team fell to Ivy League opponent, Yale, on Monday evening, 4-0. Goalkeeper Andrea Wicks (East Northport, N.Y.) recorded two saves for the Red Foxes as the defensive unit held Yale to just eight shots with six on goal.
Despite Marist outshooting Yale 8-4 in the first period, the Bulldogs headed into halftime with a 2-0 lead. Yale’s first goal occurred at the 11:04 mark by Juliann Jeffrey. Paula Hagopian crossed the ball from the right sideline and connected with Jeffrey just outside the box. Jeffrey controlled the pass and ripped a shot to the lower left corner to take a 1-0 lead.
The Red Foxes controlled play for a majority of the remaining minutes in the half, forcing Bulldog’s goalkeeper, Elise Wilcox, to make five saves. Yale increased their lead to two with seven seconds left in the half. Melissa Gavin took an indirect kick from 25 yards out and placed the ball inside the box. Wicks (East Northport, N.Y.) punched the ball away before it was intercepted by Yale’s Shannon McSweeney. McSweeney’s header attempt was blocked, but Shannon Conneely got the second touch and headed the ball past Wicks for a 2-0 advantage to end the half.
Marist outshot Yale in the second half as well, 6-4, and held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. Senior Rycke Guiney (Naperville, Ill.) recorded four shots on goal and junior Amanda Epstein (Jericho, N.Y.) recorded three on goal.
Bulldog’s Gavin netted her first goal of the game at the 57:19 mark off a cross from Hagopian from the left sideline. Gavin one-touched the pass to the upper right corner, barely grazing Wick’s hand.
Yale’s final goal of the game occurred at the 81:10 mark off a penalty kick to the left side of the net. The Bulldogs defeated the Red Foxes, 4-0.
“I think we’re really going to focus on our defensive line for Wednesday’s game,” said head coach Katherine Lyn. “We need to make sure we clear the ball when we have the chance and be more connected on the field vocally, communicating with each other a bit more. This will give everyone accountability in the attack. I think all of our players were a little disconnected today.”
Marist remains home to face Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) newcomer, Quinnipiac, on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The Red Foxes are currently 5-2 in MAAC play heading into their last three conference games of the 2013 season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tenney Stadium. Admission is free and open to the public.